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20 Ways Libraries Are Using Pinterest Right Now - Edudemic

20 Ways Libraries Are Using Pinterest Right Now - Edudemic | What's up in school libraries? | Scoop.it
Pinterest is taking the social media world by storm, and it isn’t just popular with individual users. Businesses, nonprofits, and even libraries are sharing ideas and information through the site as well, connecting with people from around the country and around the globe.
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Anita Vance's curator insight, June 9, 5:27 AM

A great place to wander, browse, share, inspire, mentor, unconference, bring like-minded individuals together....

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E-books to overtake printed books by 2018, report says

E-books to overtake printed books by 2018, report says | What's up in school libraries? | Scoop.it

"A new report by Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) suggests that the sale of e-books will overtake that of printed books by 2018."

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20 Ways Libraries Are Using Pinterest Right Now - Edudemic

20 Ways Libraries Are Using Pinterest Right Now - Edudemic | What's up in school libraries? | Scoop.it
Pinterest is taking the social media world by storm, and it isn’t just popular with individual users. Businesses, nonprofits, and even libraries are sharing ideas and information through the site as well, connecting with people from around the country and around the globe.
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Anita Vance's curator insight, June 9, 5:27 AM

A great place to wander, browse, share, inspire, mentor, unconference, bring like-minded individuals together....

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GUYS READ

GUYS READ | What's up in school libraries? | Scoop.it

 Our mission is to help boys become self-motivated, lifelong readers.

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What should an administrator expect a school library media specialist to be?


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johanna krijnsen's curator insight, January 22, 6:29 AM

school librarian / teacher librarian jobdescription

Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, January 22, 10:42 PM

Lovely description of all a school librarian can be. If schools understood an supported us they would have independent learners in their schools in no time...

Mayra.Loves.Books's curator insight, January 23, 4:52 PM

A very good description, a goal to achieve. I applaud the vision embedded here.

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Are School Libraries Obsolete?

(This week's guest blogger is Catherine Stuart, librarian at Rosemont School of the Holy Child.) It happened again last week. Someone at a party asked me what I do for a living and when I told him I was a school librarian, ...

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Lourense Das's curator insight, April 16, 8:10 AM

Another interesting article why school libraries are NOT obsolete

Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, April 16, 10:45 AM

A lovely piece about how important school libraries really are! 

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5 Reasons Why You Need Take Your Kids To The Library

5 Reasons Why You Need Take Your Kids To The Library | What's up in school libraries? | Scoop.it
Some say that the children's rooms of libraries are an anachronism in a world of mobile screens with books on demand. But I say that while childhood has changed quite a bit, children have not....

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Sandra Carswell's curator insight, April 22, 8:12 PM

Share this post far and wide! So many of my students do not have public library cards. Let's get a drive going!

Anita Vance's curator insight, April 25, 5:16 AM

The number of choices, the styles of pictures, the myriad of stories available, the physical presence of possibilities and the ability to choose without cost - all of these cannot be found anywhere else...

Dana Kuhlmann's curator insight, July 2, 11:58 AM

Great place to go this summer!

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Teaching Adolescents How to Evaluate the Quality of Online Information

Teaching Adolescents How to Evaluate the Quality of Online Information | What's up in school libraries? | Scoop.it
An essential part of online research is the ability to critically evaluate information. This includes the ability to read and evaluate its level of accuracy, reliability and bias. When we recently as

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Deborah Rinio's curator insight, April 9, 8:28 AM

Evaluating information is a critical life skill. Without sufficient practice, our students will not internalize this skill, and will not remember it from lesson to lesson. Talk to you librarian today about integrating the process of evaluating information into your research projects and lesson plans today!

Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, April 9, 10:18 AM

Interesting article showing what school  librarians teach every day, if they get the chance...

liz deskins's curator insight, April 29, 6:09 AM

Something m ost librarians already do; but good to remind us about it!

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Creating Our Own Unique Learning Environments in Your School Library

Creating Our Own Unique Learning Environments in Your School Library | What's up in school libraries? | Scoop.it

One of the most amazing transformations that has taken place at NMHS is the creation of the Makerspace in what was our traditional library.  A space that could once be compared to a barren wasteland is now a thriving learning metropolis where students flock to tinker, invent, create, collaborate, work, and most importantly, learn.  When I hired Laura I basically told her what her budget was and that she had complete control of how she wanted to use the money.  I could never have imagined how quickly she could radically transform this outdated space, using money that in the past had always been spent on books, magazines, and electronic databases.


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Glenda Morris's curator insight, March 15, 12:05 PM

Raises ideas about thelibrary as a makerspace 

Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, March 20, 8:28 PM

Awesome maker spaces in this learning commons!

Radhika Singh's curator insight, May 15, 1:21 AM

Thanks for sharing such a fabulous idea for using space creatively.

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Being an Indie Author in South Africa by Rachel Morgan

Being an Indie Author in South Africa by Rachel Morgan | What's up in school libraries? | Scoop.it

"Self-publishing has taken off in a BIG way overseas, due mostly to the ebook revolution. But what about here in South Africa? What does it mean to choose the self-publishing route?

 

As a South African author who's chosen to go independent, let me share a little of my experience ..."

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South African Indie Author Rachel Morgan gives advice on self publishing in South Africa

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Crushingcinders

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"Are we ready for book-free libraries?"

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The question is : Are we ready to give up print books altogether?

What do you think?

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What Social Networks Should You Use in 2014? [INFOGRAPHIC]

What Social Networks Should You Use in 2014? [INFOGRAPHIC] | What's up in school libraries? | Scoop.it
We’re now into a whole new year – but which social networks should have your full attention this year?

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Amy Williamson's curator insight, February 5, 2:43 AM

A must read for anyone working in social media!

Marianne Naughton's curator insight, February 20, 10:54 AM

Thanks

Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, March 30, 6:16 AM

Do you wonder where to put most of your online time for the best reach to viewers? Here is helpful info to help you decide.

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The Most Important Lesson Schools Can Teach Kids About Reading: It's Fun

The Most Important Lesson Schools Can Teach Kids About Reading: It's Fun | What's up in school libraries? | Scoop.it
Yes, strong literacy skills help students get good grades and, eventually, good jobs. But schools shouldn't forget to emphasize the joy of getting lost in a book.

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Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, November 16, 2013 3:49 AM

and this is where your school librarian fits in...

BJ Neary's curator insight, November 17, 2013 12:18 PM

A great article, let kids read what they want and it will benefit them throughout their lives.

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Reading for fun improves children's brains, study confirms

Reading for fun improves children's brains, study confirms | What's up in school libraries? | Scoop.it
A study of 17,000 people from birth indicates that reading for pleasure improves not just literacy, but maths ability too, writes Alice Sullivan
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Sarah Yarborough's curator insight, February 13, 2:42 PM
This article, written by Dr. Alice Sullivan, was something I found interesting, mainly because of the format. I usually find myself drawn to more scientific studies, no matter what subject matter I'm researching. There are a few things this author does that make it such a good article. First, from the beginning, she asserts her authority. She introduces herself and her colleague, Matt Brown, and the study through which they will conduct their experiment (the British Cohort Study). She clearly explains what the study is about, and what their findings were. Although it is a pretty dry article, I think it is very informative and would provide a lot of useful information to someone looking to write on a subject regarding the effects of reading for pleasure at a young age. It is interesting that reading for fun can have long term developmental effects in people in all subjects, and I hope that schools and institutions will realize the importance of this and encourage it even more.
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5 Things That People Don’t Realize their Librarians Do

5 Things That People Don’t Realize their Librarians Do | What's up in school libraries? | Scoop.it

"As a librarian, we help to teach people how to become self-sufficient on the computer, find the answer to patron’s questions (no offense Google, but while you may come back with a million answers, we librarians come back with the right answer), develop graphic designs for advertisement, act as a social media managers, handle reader’s advisory, teach information literacy classes, act as storytellers, and teach children, to name just a few of our duties. We wear many many caps."

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Novel Finding: Reading Literary Fiction Improves Empathy

Novel Finding: Reading Literary Fiction Improves Empathy | What's up in school libraries? | Scoop.it
The types of books we read may affect how we relate to others

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Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, May 23, 11:21 PM

Teaching children empathy? Get them to read fiction. More reasons to ensure that all those children who prefer non-fiction are encouraged to read fiction. 

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Not THAT Top 10 List by Cathy Blackler

Not THAT Top 10 List by Cathy Blackler | What's up in school libraries? | Scoop.it

The books that are hand delivered back to me, so matter-of-factly, with the “let’s talk about it” expression. These titles want a list. These titles need a list..

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Excellent post. A list of book that should be in every high school library

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Sue Holmes's curator insight, May 19, 1:03 AM

Excellent post. These are powerful stories.

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What Teachers Need to Know about The New Creative Commons 4.0 Licenses

What Teachers Need to Know about The New Creative Commons 4.0 Licenses | What's up in school libraries? | Scoop.it

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Llandrillo Library's curator insight, May 14, 1:11 AM

Very useful guide to Creative Commons - especially important for referencing or other student work published online! For UK schools you can also use the National Education Network Image gallery -  http://gallery.nen.gov.uk/

Llandrillo Library's curator insight, May 14, 1:12 AM

Very useful guide to Creative Commons - especially important for referencing or other student work published online! For UK based education institutions you can also use the National Education Network Image gallery -  http://gallery.nen.gov.uk/

Kelly Roach's curator insight, May 22, 4:44 PM

A great visual for explaining the different Creative Commons licenses.

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What Types of E-Books Are Best for Young Readers? - Mind/Shift

What Types of E-Books Are Best for Young Readers? - Mind/Shift | What's up in school libraries? | Scoop.it

"Could e-books actually get in the way of reading?

 

That was the question explored in research presented last week by Heather Ruetschlin Schugar, an associate professor at West Chester University, and her spouse Jordan T. Schugar, an instructor at the same institution. Speaking at the annual conference of the American Educational Research Association in Philadelphia, the Schugars reported the results of a study in which they asked middle school students to read either traditional printed books, or e-books on iPads. The students’ reading comprehension, the researchers found, was higher when they read conventional books. In a second study looking at students’ use of e-books created with Apple’s iBooks Author software, the Schugars discovered that the young readers often skipped over the text altogether, engaging instead with the books’ interactive visual features."


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School Libraries | State of America's Libraries Report 2014

School Libraries | State of America's Libraries Report 2014 | What's up in school libraries? | Scoop.it
The School Libraries section of the 2014 State of America's Libraries Report provides an overview of the top school library trends of the past year.
School libraries are at a critical point: Budget and testing pressures have led to decisions to eliminate or deprofessionalize school libraries, but the increased emphasis on college and career readiness and the integration of technology makes them more critical than ever. School librarians’ collaboration with other educators is key to literacy and imlementation of Common Core State Standards. The American Library Association (ALA) is undertaking an advocacy campaign for school libraries that sets goals in five critical areas.

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Sandra Sawyer McLeroy's curator insight, April 16, 7:45 AM

Good read.

Maria Jose Vitorino's curator insight, April 17, 1:12 AM

Muitos exames sobrepostos não substituem uma boa escola, e não há boas escolas que não exijam boas bibliotecas. "Budget and testing pressures have led to decisions to eliminate or deprofessionalize school libraries, but the increased emphasis on college and career readiness and the integration of technology makes them more critical than ever. School librarians’ collaboration with other educators is key to literacy and imlementation of Common Core State Standards." 

Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, April 22, 2:12 AM

Role of school libraries in learning, teaching and development of reading

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School Library Marketing 101: It's About Students Not Stuff.

School Library Marketing 101: It's About Students Not Stuff. | What's up in school libraries? | Scoop.it

School library marketing has to begin and end with impact.  It has to be about what we do for our kids, our teachers, our communities and why it's important.  It has to be about outcomes and the message that "we're all in this together" or, put another way, that we care just as much about student success as any other teacher in the building.


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Anu Ojaranta's curator insight, March 18, 4:10 AM

"Before we can even begin to think about how we're going to market our work and its impact on student learning, we have to create work that impacts student learning! "

Sudi Hope Stodola's curator insight, March 18, 11:56 AM

If you want to be considered an awesome school librarian, you have to think of the kid' needs. 

Bookmarking Librarian's curator insight, March 18, 5:15 PM

Includes a template for planning the marketing of your school library

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11 Virtual Tools for the Math Classroom

11 Virtual Tools for the Math Classroom | What's up in school libraries? | Scoop.it

"More and more classrooms are gaining access to technology that can be used with students. Whether you're modeling a lesson, creating stations or working in a one-to-one classroom, virtual tools can promote student engagement while increasing academic success."

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Useful and free - Math iPad apps 

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Do I just Google that? Tools for Teaching Search Skills in the Primary Classroom

Do I just Google that? Tools for Teaching Search Skills in the Primary Classroom | What's up in school libraries? | Scoop.it

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Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, February 18, 3:06 PM

Very useful resources here. 

Karen Draper's curator insight, February 19, 1:01 PM

I love "infographs"

Glenda Morris's curator insight, April 8, 12:22 PM

great infographic 

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Nation's first bookless public library system opens

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The nation’s first all-digital, book-free public library system has opened in San Antonio, with patrons lining up to peruse on online catalog on Apple touch screen computers and check out books on e-readers.
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Games used in teaching information literacy skills | Edwards & Hill

Games used in teaching information literacy skills | Edwards & Hill | What's up in school libraries? | Scoop.it

The attached files are games and activities developed by Adam Edwards and Vanessa Hill to support teaching information literacy skills at Middlesex University. Some of the games will need laminating and cutting up for use in multiple sets. You can use these for your own teaching. We just ask that you tell us if you make new versions as we like to build on new ideas.


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Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, February 3, 9:10 AM

Everyone should know about these. I intend to use them in my lessons this week. 

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10 Reasons Nonreaders Don't Read — and How to Change Their Minds | Scholastic.com

10 Reasons Nonreaders Don't Read — and How to Change Their Minds | Scholastic.com | What's up in school libraries? | Scoop.it
 Expert advice on how to change the minds of kids who hate to read.

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Great suggestions to change children's negative attitude to reading.

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Anita Vance's curator insight, September 19, 2013 6:38 AM

Now you know - let's fix this!

Sue Holmes's curator insight, September 24, 2013 1:55 AM

Great suggestions to change children's negative attitude to reading.

Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, February 8, 9:19 AM

Great article about how to encourage non-readers.